Robert Stark Interviews Leisure Suit Larry Creator Al Lowe

Interview can be found here:
http://www.starktruthradio.com/?p=4379

Robert Stark, co-host Pilleater, and Brandon Adamson talk to Leisure Suit Larry Creator Al Lowe

Topics:

-The music from the game
-1981’s Soft Porn Adventure
-How Al wanted to make a comedy game
-The main character Larry Laffer
-Larry as a loser and sleazy, but guys can relate to him probably more than they would want to admit
-How young people today are able to identify with the character of Larry through their online dating adventures
-The fan song Feel Like Leisure Suit Larry
-Al’s point that the game is not about the “sleaze” but a satire
-The portrayal of women in the game who get the upper hand on Larry
-How the early games had only text and no voice for Larry
-The Adult Video Game genre and nudity in the game
-How the old Larry games were difficult, and you could actually get stuck if you forgot to do something or ran out of money, and there were totally unpredictable ways of dying. In some cases clues were very minimal
-The groundbreaking software innovations of Sierra Entertainment in the 80’s
-The aesthetics of the game, Vaporwave and 80’s nostalgia, and Al’s point that he was just going with the style and limited color pallet of the time
-Video Games as Art
-Brandon’s point that the essence of the game is exploration rather than winning
-Nontoonyt Island, the tropical setting in Leisure Suite Larry 2 which has been transformed into a resort
-The Casino Aesthetic, City of Lost Wages, and “Caesars Phallis”
-How in Leisure Suit Larry 5 (1991) there’s a “Tramp International Casino” which is clearly a reference to Trump and now Trump is president
-The Alicia Silverstone look a like in Leisure Suite Larry 6
-The process in creating a character
-“Save Early, Save Often”
-Rumors that Glen Quagmire from Family Guy was based on Larry Laffer
-The Planned Leisure Suite Lary TV show in the 80’s with Sony
-The Leisure Suite Larry Calendar
-The Leisure Suite Larry look-a-like contest
-The Reloaded Edition
-Sierra’s Game “Kings’s Quest”
-The Game “The Manhole”
-Al’s game Torin’s Passage
-The effects of political correctness on video games
-Al’s free daily jokes at his Humor Site

An Aversion to Quagmires – A Collective Desertion Toward Our Future

When I wrote Beatnik Fascism a year or so ago, I never anticipated that we would be organizing and participating in actual anti-war demonstrations, but here we are. The book was mostly a quirky attempt to reconcile my own peculiar affinity for 1950’s and 60’s beat culture (and the associated Hollywood caricatures of it) with seemingly paradoxical tendencies toward identitarianism and futurism. I chose to convey these thoughts meditatively through the medium of poetry rather than as academic essays or “manifestos,” because I wanted the book to be abstract and avant-garde, as opposed to yet another one of those McReactionary ebooks railing about “feminists and SJWs” that Alt-Bro hucksters are always marketing. Like most people, I cringe when Paul Joseph Watson or some right wing media figure declares “conservatives are the new punk rock!” or whatever. So, though there are similarities I did not really want to write a book that was like “neo-fascists are the new beatniks.” To do so would be to overstate the activist component of the beat generation, which was in fact minimal compared to what often amounted to vaguely philosophical travelogues, artistic memoirs documenting a lifestyle of exploration, experimentation, heightened consciousness and curiosity. The idea for “Beatnik Fascism” for me began as kind of an inside joke and only accidentally became more genuine as I began to get caught up in the fevered frenzy of late night writing (much like I am now.)

The more idiosyncratic identitarians like myself lead extremely detached lives. Most of us seek a kind of escape from what passes for everyday life for most people. We travel around to meet up with each other, often exploring the world but seeing the sights through our own radically tainted viewfinders. When Robert Stark and I met up and wandered the streets of Las Vegas, admiring broken old signs and seeing majestic beauty in what normies would write off as the dumpiest, tackiest casinos….we traversed the town not strictly as tourists to Vegas from our respective cities, but as visitors from another time and place. We might as well have been from the moon, or maybe even another dimension entirely. When some lonesome, off-color traveler hikes around no man’s land in the mountains of some third world country, vlogging about transhumanism and HBD after being inspired by the sight of some weird looking leaf, it is in this sense that you might understand how so called crypto-fascist, degenerate bards could find themselves identifying with zany yet brutally authentic characters in works like “On The Road” and even the exploitative Hollywood bastardizations of them.

There is also the irresponsibility, or to put it more accurately…the realization that what is advertised as “living responsibly” is often a scam to manipulate us away from that which we sense a greater responsibly towards. To be “responsible” both in post World War 2 America and transnational, post cold war America requires going along with a whole bunch of bullshit and living a lifestyle that for some, isn’t true to one’s self. John Updike once claimed in an interview with Penguin Classics that he wrote “Rabbit, Run” in response to Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road.” Updike said:

Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” came out in 1957 and, without reading it, I resented its apparent instruction to cut loose; “Rabbit,Run” was meant to be a realistic demonstration of what happens when a young American family man goes on the road – the people left behind get hurt.

Yet, despite Updike’s intentions, while reading Rabbit,Run as a young man, I identified much more with the character of Rabbit. Sure, the people he leaves behind do get hurt, but it didn’t appear to me to be any huge loss for the world. After all, his wife was an alcoholic that made him miserable, and his girlfriend was a prostitute, not exactly the type of people you’d feel like he owes some huge commitment to. There are his young children of course (one of which dies as a result of a careless accident committed by the drunken wife.) Yet, Rabbit would have been unable to prevent this even if he hadn’t ran out. It would have probably happened anyway while he was busy at work one day, in his totally meaningless sales job that Updike implies should have been his duty to remain at. Rabbit meanwhile points out the hypocrisy in all the people who attempt to tell him how to live. “Everybody who tells you how to act has whiskey on their breath.” This is the problem with Updike’s world. He frowns upon the runners, reformers and rockers of the boat for what he perceives as the messes left behind and the plight of the abandoned, the weakening of the church…etc yet beneath the forced facade of cohesion which he insists is imperative that we maintain at all costs, those who look closely still see an outline of the same puddle of puke, obscured only by having been swept partially under the rug.

“Staying at your shitty job where you spend the last years of your youth selling meaningless gadgets that people don’t need, and staying with your wife that drinks all day and yells at you constantly are necessary to keep up the appearance of a healthy, functioning society. It’s all in your interests. Just stay put.” Well, no it isn’t, and no I won’t. One can sense when they’re living a life that isn’t in their best interests (though some lack the will or inclination to act on it.)

“Check your privilege, keep your head down and train the overseas replacement we’ve brought in to take over your job at half of what we’re paying you. You might feel boxed in, but it’s in your best interests to import people from ethnic groups that express hostility toward you and openly boast about how disenfranchised you will be once they’re fully in charge. It might cramp your style, but just sit tight.
” Well gee dad, that transnational capitalist diversitopia sounds swell, but I gotta run…I’m off to find an abandoned mall to convert into a retro-futuristic identitarian living space where we conduct wild scientific experiments on ourselves, learning, loving and disinclining in peace.

Brandon Adamson is the author of Beatnik Fascism

Minding Our Own Business – The “Official” Foreign Policy of the AltLeft

“You know, I never feel comfortable on these sort of things. Victims? Don’t be melodramatic. Look down there. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever?” -Harry Lime in The Third Man (1949)

So it’s official, Trump screwed the pooch. After campaigning for years as a non-interventionist in contrast with Hillary’s aggressive neoconservative foreign policy, Trump went ahead and intervened in Syria’s civil war, a conflict which is of course none of our business.

At this point, I think it’s important that the anti-war left and anti-war right set aside their differences and combine forces to protest against US military interventionism. I’ll gladly ally with even the shrillest blue haired, transracial tumblrista on this issue, even if it means having to eat some pepper spray or endure a punch from some confused antifa who doesn’t know what to make of it all.

The official foreign policy of the “AltLeft” as far as I’m concerned is one of non-interventionism. Aside from the moral issue of these countries’ having the right to manage their own destiny, we recognize that meddling in these foreign conflicts is simply not in our long term interests (in many cases it is not even in our short term interests.) What happens in another country’s civil war is none of our business, period. We helped overthrow Iran’s democratically elected leader in the 1950s, and we’re still paying the price nearly 65 years later. We got involved in the Korean War, which was a disaster. 65 years later we still maintain a substantial military presence there (for which we receive practically nothing in return) and face a potential nuclear threat. We intervened in the Vietnamese civil war, in which we had almost nothing to gain and meanwhile lost 60,000 American lives, and over 168 billion dollars(in 1970s dollars!) That is to say nothing of the Gulf War, the Iraq war, the Iran-Iraq war, Nicaragua, the indo-pakistani war of 1971 and scores of other conflicts we have inserted ourselves into either directly or indirectly over the years. In most cases are involvement arguably makes the situation worse. Not only that, but we also ultimately end up being blamed for the entire mess.

It’s mind boggling that our leaders have not learned their lessons that they should just stay out. We already have enough problems in our own country which are being neglected. The 2 million spent on each cruise missile would be better utilized paying down the debt or rebuilding infrastructure in our dilapidated urban areas. Worried about ISIS? No need to bomb random nations. Just don’t invite potentially hostile aliens into your country. Do you ever wonder why Uruguay or Argentina is not worried about the North Korean nuke threat or ISIS? They are not dumb enough to stick their noses in places where they don’t belong. The North Korean nuke threat to the USA is entirely self created. After 60 years South Korea should be ready and able to fly on their own. If they can’t now, they never will.

It might be comforting for some to say the president is being corrupted by the neocons, but this lets him off the hook too easily. The reality is he has no one to blame but himself. If he listens to neocons, agrees with them, and acts upon their recommendations…it’s ultimately a reflection of his own poor judgement. Remember that Trump’s whole persona is “Look at me. I’m mr alpha male. I’m in charge of the room, and I don’t take orders from anybody.” Nobody should be making excuses for Trump or pretend he’s playing some kind of 4D chess. For some reason Americans always do this, and then eventually we find out they were full of shit and never really had any coherent strategy. When a leader says or does the opposite of what we want him to do, we can’t just say “he doesn’t really mean it. He just has to say that to cover his tracks. Deep down he’s really our guy! No, he isn’t. None of these people are “our guys” until they are explicitly saying so and backing it up with synergistic action. We need to take them at face value. From now on, the burden of proof has to be on them to demonstrate they’re going to act in America’s interests. They don’t get the benefit of the doubt. Their credibility is worthless here, and they need to put a deposit up front.

Robert Stark and I discussed the official AltLeft foreign policy and reacted to Trump’s attacks on Syria last night on an episode of The Stark Truth podcast, which can be found here.

Topics:

-The gas “attack” in syria and how it’s being used as propaganda to draw us into war
-Anatoly Karlin’s article This Fishy Smell of Sarin, or Was it Chlorine?
-Regardless of what happened the conflict is none of our business
-How the AltRight is totally united in not wanting to go to war in Syria and disillusioned with Trump
-Richard Spencer: Will Trump Gas His Presidency Over Syria?
-Hillary and the Neocon Never-Trumpers praising Trump’s decision to invade Syria
-The hubris in thinking we should decide who the the leaders should be in other countries and how the US never learns its lessons
-Trump’s use of liberal humanitarian rhetoric to justify intervention
-The Trump admin being taken over by neocons and Trump himself making dumb statements
-Steve Bannon’s removal from the national security council
-How gullible US politicians and media are and how easily manipulated emotionally people are by imagery
-How the North Korea situation is none of our business either and how it is a self created threat
-Other Trump examples of Trump betraying his base including signing measure to let ISPs sell your data without consent, health care, and Free Trade